The River Trent is the third longest river in England and the second largest if measured in terms of flow. The River has had a major influence over the development of the landscape, settlements and industry. Historically, it divided the lowlands of the south from the uplands of the north.

Today over 6 million people live in its catchment which occupies 8 percent of England. The cities of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby all drain towards the Trent.

The River Trent’s source is high up in the Staffordshire Moorlands on the western edge of the Peak District. It flows through Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire to the Humber Estuary where it reaches the North Sea.

It has many significant tributaries including the Tame, Dove, Derbyshire Derwent and many other smaller rivers within its catchment.

The floodplains of the catchment are very productive for agriculture, sand and gravel, water storage and recreation. It is an important corridor for freight, leisure boating and bird migration as well as providing a setting for a well-used network of footpaths and bridleways.

The Trent Rivers Trust works to highlight the many strengths and opportunities within the catchment, working to create new ways of securing the future of this important river and its tributaries for future generations.

The Trent in Numbers

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long from Biddulph Moor to the Humber Estuary
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of tidal river downstream of Newark to the point where the River Trent joins the Humber estuary
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is the height of the source of the Trent above sea level
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is the total extent of the River Trent catchment area
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of freshwater non-tidal river upstream of Newark
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main tributaries of The River Trent